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Carolina Panthers offense ‘built for (bad) weather,’ OC Mike Shula says

The Carolina Panthers offense, led by Cam Newton (1), is built for bad weather – although it likely won’t face any Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J., against the New York Giants.
The Carolina Panthers offense, led by Cam Newton (1), is built for bad weather – although it likely won’t face any Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J., against the New York Giants. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

The Carolina Panthers look like they’ll get a break with the weather for Sunday’s game against the Giants in East Rutherford, N.J.

Forecasters are calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 46 and a low of 31 on Sunday – balmy for north Jersey in December.

But Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula thinks his offense, which features the league’s second-ranked rushing attack, can succeed in any conditions.

“I do think that this offense is built for (bad) weather, without sounding like I’m bragging or anything,” Shula said Monday. “You’ve got a line that’s physical and can come off the ball. You’ve got backs that can run the ball. We’ve got a quarterback (in Cam Newton) with the ability to run it. And he’s a tough sucker. He throws the ball well, as you’ve seen, in all different conditions.”

The Panthers lost 31-13 at Minnesota last November in a game played in 12-degree weather, the second-coldest in Panthers history. Carolina had two punts blocked and returned for touchdowns against the Vikings.

“If it does get real cold, we do have to make sure that everyone is on point and locked in,” Shula said. “We went up there last year to Minnesota and didn’t play well. But we’re a different football team than we were last year.”

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